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Response to The Doctor. (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 03:17 PM

19. You know the old saying about "assume"

You make an ass out of u and me.

I think on the Internet, assuming anyone's gender is plain silly (and I'm not criticizing anyone--it's human nature to make assumptions) but we've all heard the jokes and stories about people not turning out to be who they appear to be online. Why tell the complete truth about yourself if you don't want to? No one will know if you are a guy or a gal, even if I tell you I'm a woman, there's no way to know that for certain unless you know me in real life (BTW, I AM a woman).

I don't know whether it's sexist in making assumptions about someone's gender based on their posts character or content. I think it's easier to make the leap to sexism in the actual words of a statement. If someone posted photos of pretty, frilly dresses in a thread and talked about how much they liked the design of said dresses, I would assume they were female but the person could very well be a man who enjoys good fashion. Is that sexist? I don't know if nature photos fall into the same category but there are some things we do associate with males and females and then I think stereotypes play a bigger role than sexism.

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